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Hi I'm Shantel

I grew up in Utah. I love being a mom and wife. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of two sweet children. I have enjoyed a happy marriage for 12 years. I am a certified occupational therapy assistant. I help children with special needs to live more independent lives. I love Utah mountains and hiking. I enjoy impromptu dancing around the house with my children. I love music and singing. I enjoy volunteering at my children's school and helping people in my neighborhood and community.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in Utah. I was born into a family that was active in the LDS church. It was all I knew. We attended church every Sunday and we tried to live by the commandments. We read scriptures and prayed daily as a family. When I was 14 years old I decided that I wanted to know for myself that the Book of Mormon was true. I read and heard of so many experiences of people who prayed to know if the Book of Mormon was true and they had miraculous experiences that confirmed the truth to them. I wanted to have that experience. So, I prayed. I prayed with faith that I could receive an answer to know for a surety if the Book of Mormon and the LDS church were true. Immediately after praying I heard a voice in my head, a strong impression and thought that said, "You KNOW it is true. You have been living it your whole life!" To this day I can remember the overwhelming feeling of warmth, love and joy I felt at that moment. I KNOW that the Book of Mormon is true. I KNOW that the gospel of Jesus Christ is contained only in its fullness in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I received my testimony by LIVING the truths of the gospel. My testimony grows as I continue making an effort to learn more about Jesus Christ and his teachings as contained in the scriptures, including the Book of Mormon and Bible, and then apply those teachings into my life and truly try to live by those teachings. When I do this, I am happy! I can handle the difficulties and trials that can seem so daunting and insurmountable at times, because I know that I am not alone. I know that my Savior has experienced every pain and suffering that I ever have and ever will experience. He knows how to comfort me and strengthen me. When I am not making as much of an effort to live the teachings of the gospel, I am not as happy and my burdens seem more heavy and more impossible to overcome. Righteousness truly brings happiness. This is what the gospel of Jesus Christ has to offer.

How I live my faith

My faith in Jesus Christ and his gospel affects every aspect of my life. It drives my desire to always improve and change for the better, to be more charitable, and to be a better mother and wife and friend. I enjoy my calling as a teacher of the youth in my ward. I give them opportunities to learn about the gospel of Jesus Christ through experience and encourage them to find answers to their questions. I also enjoy my relationships and friendships with the women in my ward, and the sense of sisterhood that brings. We help and support each other through difficult times, as well as happy times. Our ward is like a large, supportive family, where needs are filled and love abounds. I am grateful for my calling as a visiting teacher to visit and help specific ladies in my ward. The friendships I develop with these "sisters" are priceless.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

The family is central to God's plan for His children. The family is where we learn to love and serve one another. Families provide great support throughout our lives. We share our joys and sorrows together and the challenges we face strengthen those bonds between family members. It is the best support system a person can have. Strong family units strengthen our communities and society. We can follow God's plan to return to his presence and be united as families for eternity. I am so grateful for the opportunity I have to be with my family for eternity...forever! It brings me great comfort to know that those relationships that are most precious to us do not have to end at the grave. Show more Show less